Reading India

Sometime last year, in the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty that the pandemic brought over our lives, we realized that The Bookshop had evolved into much more than what we’d have ever imagined. While earlier, we took great pride in the quiet that enveloped us as we watched the Semal tree bloom right…

What Writers Read: Janice Pariat

For the month of March, the most awe-inspiring Janice Pariat has curated a reading list for our monthly series. Janice is the first person from Meghalaya to win a Sahitya Akademi award, which was in 2013 for her unbelievable debut collection of short stories- Boats on Land. Her novella The Nine Chambered Heart is an…

What Writers Read : Sudhanva Deshpande

A few weeks ago we spent an afternoon with the absolutely delightful Sudhanva Deshpande, dear friend of The Bookshop, actor, publisher, author of one of our favourite reads of last year (Halla Bol- a memoir of Safdar Hashmi and perhaps one of the best books about Delhi’s University life), Delhi’s favourite cyclist, and of course,…

What Writers Read: Raghu Karnad

Since we revived our Author Evenings in 2017, we’ve planned an event with Raghu Karnad innumerable times, only for them to have never come to fruition. Many ideas were bounced, from a conversation on journalism to a reading of his book Farthest Field, a marvelous personal memoir of the Indian experience of WWII. We hosted…

What Writers Read: Richa Kaul Padte

When we first read Richa Kaul Padte’s  intrepid, empathetic and nuanced account of the sexual shopping cart that is the internet today, Cyber Sexy,we were hooked. From camgirls to fanfiction writers, homemade videos to consent violations, Cyber Sexy investigates what it means to seek out pleasure online. For months now, our friendship with Richa has…

What Writers Read: Mahesh Rao

Our team at The Bookshop is constantly on an eager lookout for ways in which more wonderful books can be brought to our readers. We’ve been wanting to do this series for a long time- What Writers Read- where we request some of our most beloved authors to share their favourite books with us. Books…

Music that makes The Bookshop

For many years, we’ve been told by visitors that the hours spent inside The Bookshop don’t feel like…time. One long, lucid dream, is the closest one can get to describing it. The sounds of the shop create a force of meditative gravity. One can feel themselves slowing down, centering towards their senses.┬áIts like my mind…

Latitudes of Longing with Shubhangi Swarup

In the recent past of Indian literature, rarely has a debut novel stirred such deep interest in the process of its conception and crafting. Lauded across platforms, Shubhangi Swarup’s Latitudes of Longing is a book that represents the most humane victories and frailties that plague our lives. These individual celebrations and sorrows are crafted masterly…

LONGLIST ANNOUNCED: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

For the last seven years, the DSC Prize has remained on the forefront of representing South Asian literary voices on an international platform. In its eighth edition as well, the Prize continues to celebrate stories pronouncing the regional experiences that are unique to the diverse cultures they emerge from. All 16 novels on the long…

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: An Evening with the Author

June 2017 was a remarkable month for Indian literature. Arundhati Roy’s long anticipated second novel- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – released amidst much fanfare. While the reviews of books that are politically charged are bound to be mixed- and in various cases, even starkly polarized- almost every reader agreed upon the book’s release that…